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Chrome T-Rex offline game parties with birthday hat, cake

Chrome T-Rex offline game parties with birthday hat, cake

Losing Internet connection in the middle of browsing, while undesirable, is an unavoidable fact of life. But rather than waste your time whining and groaning and gnashing your teeth, a Chrome developer would rather have you waste your time playing a game while waiting for the world to make things right again. That T-Rex game may have successfully distracted many a frustrated user, but it has been widely regarded as a one-trick pony. Now, however, it has gained a new ability. It can eat a birthday cake and grow a birthday hat on its pixelized head.

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The iOS 12 beta update glitch is fixed

The iOS 12 beta update glitch is fixed

Apple has pushed out a new iOS 12 Beta, fixing the frustrating bug that pestered early users with notifications for a non-existent update. Reports of the glitch began circulating yesterday, with iPhone owners on Apple's beta track finding that their device would repeatedly notify them that a new version was available, only for iOS to then say that no update was actually to be found.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update gives ‘Redstone 5’ a name and release date

Windows 10 October 2018 Update gives ‘Redstone 5’ a name and release date

Microsoft has confirmed that the next Windows 10 feature update will launch as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and if the name didn't give it away it will be landing on your PC in just a couple of months time. Latest of Microsoft's feature packs for its OS, it'll include a number of new additions, including the cross-platform Cloud Clipboard.

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Office 365 subscriptions are getting a lot more flexible

Office 365 subscriptions are getting a lot more flexible

Office 365 is about to get a lot more flexible, with its consumer subscriptions packages lifting the limit on the total number of devices that the software can be installed on. Until now, Office 365 Home was limited to ten devices in total, while Office 365 Personal was restricted to one PC or Mac along with one tablet.

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Google Docs, Calendar also get Gmail’s quick access sidebar

Google Docs, Calendar also get Gmail’s quick access sidebar

It seems that Google is finally close to offering a web-based PIM software that many G Suite users may have been dreaming of. Short for Personal Information Management, PIM programs like the old school Microsoft Outlook offered a one stop shop for calendars, email, address books, and todo lists. While Google isn’t exactly shoehorning all its disparate apps and services into one, it is now slowly connecting the dots through the sidebar that first appeared in the redesigned Gmail, decreasing the need for users to switch tabs, windows, or even apps and just stay with Google’s comfy G Suite.

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Voicera EVA AI mimics human attention to highlight important points

Voicera EVA AI mimics human attention to highlight important points

The popularity of voice-controlled smart assistants has substantially pushed forward the fields of speech recognition and natural language processing (NLP). This, in turn, has improved other products that make use of such technologies, like transcription engines used in meetings and interviews. But it’s one thing to simply to accurately transcribe spoken sometimes barely understandable words into text and another to extract and highlight important points in a meeting involving multiple people. Voicera’s in-meeting assistant EVA can do both and it’s no surprise that its secret sauce is artificial intelligence. Specifically, the Progressive Attention AI that the company is now making available to the public.

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Windows 10 Universal File Explorer update hints at interesting future

Windows 10 Universal File Explorer update hints at interesting future

When Microsoft launched its touch-centric Windows 8 for the desktop, it was met with a great deal of resistance to the radically different way of interacting with desktops. Microsoft has since then stepped back a bit and offered the familiar traditional Windows desktop again. It has, however, flip-flopped between touch-based and non-touch UIs. Case in point is the telling lack of a touch-based file manager on Windows 10. Things, however, seem to be changing with some surprising updates to the UWP universal File Explorer that might be setting the stage for the ever-elusive Project Andromeda foldable device.

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Windows Phone 8’s, Windows 8’s days are numbered, literally

Windows Phone 8’s, Windows 8’s days are numbered, literally

It was not as disastrous as the Windows ME or Windows Vista (though some might argue that it was) but Windows 8 and even Windows 8.1 were met with far more resistance than Microsoft was expecting. That unwelcoming atmosphere was extended to Windows Phone 8, which was actually less problematic, forever cursing that “8” generation. Given those factors, it’s somewhat surprising that Microsoft has continued supporting the OS this long though now it is finally giving out the dates when Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8.x can effectively retire.

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Skype end-to-end encrypted private chats now available for all users

Skype end-to-end encrypted private chats now available for all users

In January, Microsoft launched a new feature called Private Conversations that offers end-to-end encryption for helping keep data secure. That feature was only available to Insiders at the time, but Microsoft has now released an update that brings the encrypted chats to all users. The update is now live for desktop, Android, and iOS.

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Apple culls thousands from App Store after China’s accusations

Apple culls thousands from App Store after China’s accusations

Apple has gone on a gambling app sweep, yanking thousands of titles from the App Store in China after being called out by state-controlled media. The iPhone-maker is believed to have yanked more than 25,000 apps, which fall foul of Chinese laws around gambling software.

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ARM Laptops won’t sell without this important change

ARM Laptops won’t sell without this important change

At SIGGRAPH, Intel tried to sway the attention of the graphically inclined away from NVIDIA’s ray-tracing debut towards it’s upcoming discrete graphics card. That, however, won’t be coming until 2020. But while Intel will be busy fending off AMD and NVIDIA in that arena, it might also be busy fighting another battle that year. 2020 is also when ARM will make its big laptop play to take on both Intel and AMD. But its venture might fall flat on its face unless something important changes within that two-year wait.

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Chinese Redcore browser built on Google Chrome, CEO admits

Chinese Redcore browser built on Google Chrome, CEO admits

Google may be under fire again for allegedly working with the Chinese government to create a censored version of its Search engine but it doesn’t actually have to lift a finger for its technology to be used for that same purpose. A new web browser named Redcore has grabbed the spotlight in China for claiming to have developed a browser that has “broken the American monopoly”. Except that now its CEO is admitting that it did, after all, build it using Chrome, an American company technology.

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